Vickie Gendreau’s Testament (2012; 2016)

2017-05-02T09:37:11+00:00

Originally written after the author had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, Testament is a response to the news that Vickie Gendreau would have little time left to live: about a year. 2012; Book Thug, 2016 The novel's translator, Aimee Wall, writes about the work, a few months

Vickie Gendreau’s Testament (2012; 2016) 2017-05-02T09:37:11+00:00

The Inseparables, Tobacco Wars, I’m Still Here

2017-07-24T14:21:27+00:00

Having stories narrated by - or assembled via - a number of voices is a popular way of  world-building. Each of the following books plays with this technique, allowing different perspectives to combine and create a more credible space for readers to inhabit. Just as in Meg Wolitzer's The Position, the matriarch

The Inseparables, Tobacco Wars, I’m Still Here 2017-07-24T14:21:27+00:00

“Face” Alice Munro

2017-07-25T11:22:56+00:00

"You think that would have changed things?" "The answer is of course, and for a while, and never." In interview with Eleanor Wachtel, Nick Hornby discusses the "problem of being divided being two worlds" saying that many of us have a version of this in our own lives. This is true

“Face” Alice Munro 2017-07-25T11:22:56+00:00

Megan Abbott’s The Fever (2014)

2014-06-17T12:37:20+00:00

Paradoxically, the phenomenon in The Fever has a chilling effect on characters and readers alike. The girls fall to the ground, one after the next; they writhe and tensions rise but blood is chilled. Little Brown & Company, 2014 “As Deenie walked out, a coolness began to sink

Megan Abbott’s The Fever (2014) 2014-06-17T12:37:20+00:00

“Floating Bridge” Alice Munro

2014-03-24T08:22:28+00:00

Jinny has been standing on shifting ground. Expectations are thwarted: these are times of transformation. This was true, too, in "Gravel" and in "Oh What Avails". But there she is: the space in which she is standing shifts both literally and metaphorically. Things have been all-a-shift for some time now.

“Floating Bridge” Alice Munro 2014-03-24T08:22:28+00:00